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Gynecology

Who Should Get STD Tests And How Often?

If you are sexually active, you should get STD tests. It is an essential part of your overall health. How often you should be tested is dependent on your current and past sexual situation. Let’s find out what experts say about who should get STD tests and how often.  » Read more about: Who Should Get STD Tests And How Often?  »


Things All Women Should Know About Pelvic Floor Disorders

Childbirth is one of the main causes for pelvic floor disorders, and it can become more severe with each birth, especially if the labor was long or difficult. There are many things all women should know about pelvic floor disorders so let’s review them one at a time.  » Read more about: Things All Women Should Know About Pelvic Floor Disorders  »


How To Prepare For A Hysterectomy

The very first way you prepare for a hysterectomy is making the decision to move forward. You have completed your research and understand why it will be beneficial. You will get relief from heavy bleeding, pain, or some other medical condition, and you believe your life will change for the better. From the time you set the date for surgery, let’s look at how to prepare for a hysterectomy both mentally and physically.  » Read more about: How To Prepare For A Hysterectomy  »


When Should My Daughter Have Their First Well-Woman Exam?

When should a teen have their first well-woman exam? Many moms struggle with this question, so we will try to make it a bit easier to navigate.  » Read more about: When Should My Daughter Have Their First Well-Woman Exam?  »


Is There A Cure For Endometriosis?

Is there a cure for endometriosis? Sadly, it is a chronic condition with no cure as of today. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available you can discuss with Dr. Russell to help reduce the symptoms of this very common condition.  » Read more about: Is There A Cure For Endometriosis?  »


Is My Painful Intercourse Due to A Gynecologic Condition?

If you have never experienced pain during intercourse, consider yourself lucky. It is actually quite common. 3 out of  4 women have pain during sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. Sometimes it goes away, but for other women it becomes chronic. These women usually ask: Is my painful intercourse due to a gynecologic condition?  » Read more about: Is My Painful Intercourse Due to A Gynecologic Condition?  »


When Is A Heavy Period Considered Too Heavy?

More often than not, when a young girl begins having her period, hormones are not settled and her periods can be very inconsistent and a little heavy. It becomes difficult for her parents to know if she is bleeding too much and they should worry, but when is a heavy period considered too heavy?  » Read more about: When Is A Heavy Period Considered Too Heavy?  »


What To Expect If You Have An Abnormal Pap Smear

The first thing you should know if you have an abnormal Pap smear is not to panic. There are many possible causes for an abnormal result, and most of them are not something to get concerned about immediately. If it does happen, here is what to expect if you have an abnormal Pap smear.  » Read more about: What To Expect If You Have An Abnormal Pap Smear  »


Choosing A Contraceptive Method That’s Right For You

85% of women who have unprotected sex, even occasionally, get pregnant within a year. Those odds are not in your favor if you’re not ready to have a child. Choosing a contraceptive method that’s right for you can involve some due diligence and clear thinking.  » Read more about: Choosing A Contraceptive Method That’s Right For You  »


What Is Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?

“What is causing my pelvic pain?” is a refrain we hear quite frequently at our office in Saginaw, MI. It can be an issue with the digestive, urinary, or reproductive system, and finding out the primary cause is the only way to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.  » Read more about: What Is Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?  »